Long ago, the Lord built a wall of protection all around Job. This, I believe, will apply also to every REAL Christian today. This wall of protection is dismantled only for two reasons. One reason is FOR SIN. Sin separates you from God. The other reason is for the TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH. When your prayers (TRUE Christian only) SHOULD help, but do not, KNOW that this will be a trial of your faith. 1 Peter 1: 7-9: “That the TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be TRIED WITH FIRE, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 4:12-13: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the FIERY TRIAL WHICH IS TO TRY YOU, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” The TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH(FULLNESS) will separate true Christians from false. The sun’s heat will turn wax soft and mud hard. The same cause, the same process, will have different effect on a true believer and different effect upon a false one. In your terrible trial the first part of the Greatest Commandment (Deut. 6:5) will be tested: DO YOU LOVE AND WANT THE LORD, YOUR GOD, MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE?
The pain and agony come from the hand of Satan, as sin proliferates; it comes also to God’s Remnant, the very small number of true believers (Christians), still in this world. To the Christians this may come as a TRIAL OF FAITH. To the pagan, adversity is sometimes a great blessing, in disguise. It shakes a man up; wakes him up; to take stock, and, maybe, seek God. Satan’s children are said to be “protected” largely from this – their largess (riches) insulates them; protects them from being “shaken up” (woken up) to seek God. Satan keeps them blind. What did Jesus say about the rich man and the Kingdom of God? Read the Book of JOB (Bible). Jobs trial is an exhibit, probably to all intelligent creation. It showed that Satan could not claim Job for himself. Satan could not be master nor owner of Job. Job was God’s. It is an exhibit to us too.
Satan was permitted, somehow, to demand the trial, and then, by permission, to carry it out. He said, essentially, to God, "You are PAYING Job to love you. You have built a fence of protection all around him. Remove the protection and behold his rejection of you...” (Very paraphrased, if you please). The only thing Satan left to Job is his wife. And she, (surprisingly?), told her husband to “Curse God and die!” How did Job’s trial end? Look up Job 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Job remained faithful and God restored him and replaced all which the devil destroyed. The very First Commandment was tested in a truly fiery trial. We do not really understand the necessity of this process. God says the positive results of the trial are far more precious, than gold is to us. Let us accept it and trust our Lord. If you stay faithful, this trial will be very profitable to you in the world to come. THE TESTING WILL PASS, AND THE LORD WILL RESTORE YOU, AS HE DID JOB. STAY IN THE BIBLE AND DRAW CLOSER TO GOD. Forgive all enemies. Pray for them. You are free to also seek advice and solicit help from your fellow Christians. At least, this will be one way to find out who is a real Christian, near you, and who isn’t!
Are there some, still ignorant of the greatest treasure which is our God?
“Our eyes have never seen, nor could ears have heard, NOR COULD ANYONE EVEN HAVE IMAGINED THE HAPPINESS, which God prepared for those who love Him….” (1 Cor. 2:9, paraphrased, if you please).
God’s Word, Sir. Look it up.
With infinite love God gave us a Savior, to pay our penalty and a Bible, a guide and light on our path!
The Bible is a love story; written with blood, upon a wooden cross; the story of God’s love for you.
Men are not lost because they are sinners; THEY ARE LOST BECAUSE THEY HAVE REJECTED THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE, who died for them. Even if you go into a lost eternity and have not accepted Christ, He died for you, and you simply made His sacrifice for you of no avail. You have trodden underfoot the blood of your Savior.
Many sects and religions have been preaching a phantom, a DIFFERENT CHRIST, not the Christ of the Bible. Their religion provides no salvation, it is a ‘one-way street’ without exit, leading into perdition (Gal. 1:8-9, King James only)). Satan’s biggest department is the department of religions; of disguised and fake religious decoys, baited traps feeding spiritually poisoned food unto the perishing souls of men.
What do you suppose will confront those who reject so great, SO GREAT, a salvation?
Any CONCEIVABLE sacrifice in this life is worthwhile to find the BIBLICAL Christ Jesus and to belong to Him! If you want Him, pray now with me, "DEAREST LORD JESUS, FORGIVE ME MY SINS. I REJECT ALL NON-BIBLICAL RELIGION. COME INTO MY LIFE AND BE THE RULER OF MY LIFE. HELP ME TO LOVE YOU MORE EVERY DAY AND TO OBEY YOU WITH ALL MY STRENGTH AND TO READ YOUR BIBLE DAILY, EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE."
If you do this, and mean it, with an open heart, this prayer will never fail. It will become the greatest thing you will ever have, and it will last forever. Even in this life it will be the greatest happiness you’ll know, and a light upon your path. Conversely, to FAIL in this, it will be the GREATEST DISASTER you will ever have, both here and hereafter.
After this, clean up your life with the Bible, look up the guide in my earlier articles. Click on my name and search for it in the list of my articles. It’s made for you.
Search for the only truth and remedy that exists, for the God that loves you, who made all life and who has made, and will make again, a beautiful world.